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João Mário (Portuguese footballer)

João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w̃ ˈmaɾju]; born 19 January 1993), known as João Mário, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Italian club Inter Milan and the Portugal national team as a midfielder.

João Mário
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João Mário playing for Portugal at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Inter Milan
Number 15
Youth career
2002–2004 Porto
2004–2012 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Sporting CP 65 (11)
2012–2013 Sporting CP B 44 (2)
2014Vitória Setúbal (loan) 15 (0)
2016– Inter Milan 64 (4)
2018West Ham United (loan) 13 (2)
National team
2007–2008 Portugal U15 3 (0)
2008–2009 Portugal U16 9 (3)
2009–2010 Portugal U17 17 (4)
2010–2011 Portugal U18 9 (1)
2010–2012 Portugal U19 17 (2)
2012–2013 Portugal U20 14 (1)
2013–2015 Portugal U21 13 (3)
2014– Portugal 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2019

He started out at Sporting CP in whose youth system he developed, being loaned to Vitória de Setúbal in 2014 and subsequently returning to be an important part of the squads that won major trophies, including the 2015 Portuguese Cup.

João Mário made his senior debut for Portugal in 2014. He was chosen for the 2018 World Cup and appeared at Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament.

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Club careerEdit

SportingEdit

Following a brief youth spell with local FC Porto in his hometown, João Mário moved to Sporting CP in 2004 at the age of 11, going on to complete his formation with the Lisbon club. On 14 December 2011 he was called for a UEFA Europa League group stage game away against S.S. Lazio, alongside youth graduates Betinho, Ricardo Esgaio, Tiago Ilori and João Carlos, as the Lions had already secured the first place in its group: he entered the pitch in the 76th minute of the 0–2 away loss, after replacing Oguchi Onyewu.[3]

João Mário's first full season as a senior was 2012–13, as he appeared in 31 games (30 as a starter) for Sporting CP B in the Segunda Liga, with the team finishing in fourth position. On 8 January 2014 he was loaned to Vitória F.C. for the remainder of the campaign,[4] starting in all but one Primeira Liga matches he appeared in and being voted the league's best young player for January and February.[5]

On 31 May 2015, again with Sporting' main squad, João Mário started in the final of the Taça de Portugal against S.C. Braga, but was substituted in the first half due to the dismissal of defender Cédric Soares, in order to bring on Miguel Lopes; Sporting eventually won in a penalty shootout.[6][7]

Inter MilanEdit

On 27 August 2016, João Mário signed with Inter Milan for €40 million plus €5 million in bonuses.[8][9] His maiden appearance in Serie A occurred on 11 September when he played the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 success at Delfino Pescara 1936,[10][11] and his first goal for the team opened a loss by the same score at home to Cagliari Calcio on 16 October.[12]

Under new manager Luciano Spalletti, João Mário grew increasingly frustrated about the lack of playing time.[13][14] On 25 January 2018, he signed on loan for Premier League team West Ham United[15]– the contract included a €1.5 million loan fee, and an option for the club to buy the player for a sum in the region of €40 million.[16] He made his debut two days later, replacing Pablo Zabaleta at half-time in a 0–2 away loss against Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup.[17]

João Mário scored his first goal for West Ham on 31 March 2018, helping the hosts defeat Southampton 3–0.[18] He made 14 competitive appearances during his half-season spell, scoring twice, and was praised for his work rate.[19]

International careerEdit

 
João Mário with the Portugal U19 team in 2012

Of Angolan descent,[20] João Mário earned 82 caps for Portugal at youth level, including 13 for the under-21 team. He made his senior debut on 11 October 2014, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo for the final 14 minutes of the friendly against France in Paris: soon after coming on, he was fouled by Paul Pogba for a penalty converted by Ricardo Quaresma, in an eventual 1–2 loss.[21]

João Mário represented Portugal at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2015, netting the only goal of their opening group win over England[22] as the tournament ended with a runner-up finish.[23] He was selected by the full side for their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign,[24] starting in the first match, a 1–1 draw to Iceland in Saint-Étienne;[25] he played in all of his team's seven games during Euro 2016, including the final against France which they won.[26][27]

João Mário scored his first goal for the nation on 10 November 2017, closing the 3–0 friendly defeat of Saudi Arabia.[28] Subsequently, he was included in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

João Mário's older brother, Wilson, is also a footballer. He too graduated from Sporting's youth academy.[30]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 May 2019[31]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting 2011–12 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 30 5 6 2 0 0 8[b] 0 0 0 44 7
2015–16 33 6 2 0 2 0 7[c] 1 1[d] 0 46 7
Sporting CP total 64 11 8 2 2 0 16 1 1 0 92 14
Vitória Setúbal (loan) 2013–14 Primeira Liga 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Inter Milan 2016–17 Serie A 30 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
2017–18 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2018–19 20 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
Inter Milan total 64 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 69 4
West Ham United (loan) 2017–18 Premier League 13 2 1 0 14 2
Career total 155 17 14 2 3 0 16 1 1 0 188 20
  1. ^ Appearance in the Europa League
  2. ^ Six appearances in the Champions League and two in the Europa League
  3. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League; five appearances and a goal in the Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

InternationalEdit

As of 20 November 2018[32]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2014 2 0
2015 4 0
2016 17 0
2017 8 1
2018 11 1
Total 42 2

International goalsEdit

As of 28 May 2018 (Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each João Mário goal)
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 November 2017 Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal   Saudi Arabia 3–0 3–0 Friendly[28]
2. 28 May 2018 Estádio Municipal, Braga, Portugal   Tunisia 2–0 2–2[33]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Joao Mario". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Clinical Lazio through after Sporting triumph". UEFA. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  4. ^ "João Mário emprestado ao V. Setúbal" [João Mário loaned to V. Setúbal]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 8 January 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ "João Mário (Vitória de Setúbal) eleito melhor jogador jovem janeiro/fevereiro" [João Mário (Vitória de Setúbal) voted best young player for January/February]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  6. ^ Godinho, João Paulo (31 May 2015). "Sporting faz a festa da Taça nos penáltis" [Sporting get Cup party going on penalties] (in Portuguese). SAPO. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Sporting Lisbon stage remarkable comeback after having man sent off and going 2–0 down after half hour... to win Portuguese Cup on penalties against Braga". Daily Mail. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (Press release) (in Portuguese). Lisbon: Sporting CP. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Official: Inter sign Joao Mario". Football Italia. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Doppietta di Icardi e l'Inter passa a Pescara" [Icardi brace and Inter takes it in Pescara]. Il Messaggero (in Italian). 11 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Pescara-Inter 1–2, doppietta di Icardi" [Pescara-Inter 1–2, Icardi brace] (in Italian). Quotidiano.net. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Joao Mario deceives, Melchiorri gives victory to Cagliari". FC Inter News. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Inter 'don't want to lose Joao Mario'". Football Italia. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Manchester United target Joao Mario won't be leaving Inter Milan, says club director". The Independent. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Joao Mario: Inter Milan midfielder completes loan move to West Ham". BBC Sport. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Figures behind Joao Mario's West Ham move revealed as player completes medical". Calciomercato. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Wigan Athletic 2–0 West Ham United". BBC Sport. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  18. ^ "West Ham United 3–0 Southampton". BBC Sport. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  19. ^ Dyer, Ken (29 May 2018). "West Ham keen on second Joao Mario loan". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  20. ^ "A seleção de Portugal de sangue mais africano" [The Portugal national team with the most African blood] (in Portuguese). EFE. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  21. ^ "France 2–1 Portugal: Pogba and Benzema on target for Les Bleus". Goal. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
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  23. ^ a b Kell, Tom (30 June 2015). "Spot-on Sweden beat Portugal to win U21 EURO". UEFA. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Portugal name Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches for Euros squad". ESPN FC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Ice-cool Iceland claim Portugal point". UEFA. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  26. ^ a b "Portugal 1–0 France". BBC Sport. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  27. ^ "Nine things you didn't know about Joao Mario". West Ham United F.C. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Portugal vence Arábia Saudita com golos de Manuel Fernandes, Gonçalo Guedes e João Mário" [Portugal beat Saudi Arabia with goals from Manuel Fernandes, Gonçalo Guedes and João Mário] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Wilson Eduardo considera João Mário promissor" [Wilson Eduardo sees promise in João Mário]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 February 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
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  33. ^ "Portugal 2–2 Tunisia". BBC Sport. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Technical report: European Under-17 & Under-19 Championships" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Seleção recebe insígnias de Marcelo no Porto" [National team receives insignia from Marcelo in Porto]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 25 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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